Earthenware Vessels in the Shape of Mounted Figures

© The National Museum of Korea

The figure assumed to be the master wears a luxurious conical hat and armor and has a sword at the waist. His horse is fitted out with ornaments, saddle, stirrups, and other details. In the center of the horse's forehead is a horn-shaped ornament, suggesting that the vessel was made for ritual purposes. The face is quite exotic with a sharp, high nose and deep-set eyes. The other figure, apparently the servant, has a bare torso and his hair is done in a topknot. He is waving a bell and carrying a bundle on his back. The trappings on his horse are quite simple. Vessels made in the shape of people, animals or certain objects were not made for practical use but for ritual purposes, symbolizing wishes for the peaceful repose of the dead in the afterlife. It is designated as Korean National Treasure No. 91. These two earthenware vessels made in the shape of a mounted figure provide a wealth of information on people's clothing and horse trappings of the time. The holes in the chest and rump of the horse indicate that the vessels were used as ewers. Judging by the difference in the clothing, the size of the two riders, and the trappings of the horse, it is presumed that the two figures differed in social class.

Materials: Earthenware 

Measurements: Width Left : 9.9cm, Right : 10.5cm Height Left : 26.8cm, Right : 23.4cm Length Left : 26.8cm, Right : 29.4cm  

Where it was made: Geumnyeongchong, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do province, Korea 

Function: Burial Objects 




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